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‘Platinum Valley’ SEZ in three months – Patel 

By: Martin Creamer     26th June 2019 The legal entity for the Bojanala Platinum Valley Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in North West, which already has an investment pipeline in place, will be set up in the next three months, Trade and Industry Minister Ebrahim Patel promised on Tuesday evening. Fuel cell development is listed as the... 

Kibo mulls renewables cogeneration opportunities  

By: Simone Liedtke     24th June 2019 In line with its strategy of incorporating long-term renewable energy solutions into its existing coal power projects, Africa-focused Kibo Energy has signed a collaboration agreement with ESS Tech to develop suitable baseload electricity storage solutions. Having recognised the increasing need to... 

On-The-Air (21/06/2019) 

By: Martin Creamer     21st June 2019 President Ramaphosa’s SONA commitment to look into the development of a hydrogen economy is of great significance; Transnet’s latest plans to rail manganese to the ports is an important boost for South Africa’s export potential; and South Africa should follow Australia’s example of allowing... 

Angolan government authorises cooperatives to exploit diamonds

By: Rebecca Campbell     21st June 2019 In Angola, 77 cooperatives have been authorised to explore and mine for diamonds, stated an official announcement at the end of last month. The authorisations were issued by the State-owned Endiama diamond mining company. (Endiama is an acronym; the full name of the company, translated into... 

Mercuria, South African firms place bids for South32's SAEC coal mines 

By: Reuters     20th June 2019 Seriti Resources and a consortium backed by global energy trader Mercuria are among up to six groups to have submitted final bids for the South African coal assets of South32, four sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. A consortium backed by South African miner Exxaro Resources dropped... 

Rio Tinto renews work on giant Guinea iron-ore deposit

By: Bloomberg     20th June 2019 Rio Tinto Group is looking at new ways to develop the giant Simandou iron-ore deposit in Guinea that it almost sold last year, according to people familiar with the matter. Simandou is one of the world’s biggest untapped mineral deposits, but has a controversial past. For more than a decade, it... 

Transnet signs R8.5bn rail deal with UMK 

By: Marleny Arnoldi     19th June 2019 State-owned freight utility Transnet and manganese producer United Manganese of Kalahari on Wednesday “renewed their business vows” by signing an R8.5-billion contract to move two-million to three-million tonnes a year of manganese by rail to six South African exports channels. Transnet... 

AMSA signs offtake for coking coal from MC Mining’s Makhado Phase 1 

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     19th June 2019 Coal miner MC Mining has signed an offtake agreement with South African steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA), which will buy hard coking coal (HCC) from Phase 1 of the Makhado coking coal project. As South Africa has a limited production of high-quality metallurgical, or coking, coal,... 

WA studies hydrogen potential for mining

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2019 The Western Australian government is investigating the potential for a renewable hydrogen industry in Western Australia, and the opportunities it could present to the mining sector. Minister assisting the Minister for State Development, Jobs and Trade, Alannah MacTiernan said this week that... 

Santos eyes solar power in South Australia

By: Esmarie Iannucci     19th June 2019 Oil and gas major Santos will introduce solar panels to help power its Port Bonython processing plant, in South Australia. The ASX-listed company told shareholders that the 2.12MW ground-mounted solar photovoltaic system would generate more than 2 GWh of emissions-free energy a year, which... 

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